With spring in full-swing, it’s a perfect time to teach children about growing food. This makes a wonderful biology lesson, since gardens involve so many facets of nature. It also teaches children the value of food, and where our food comes from. Plus, it’s a great reason to spend time outdoors, and to teach children about ways they can be responsible (by doing simple garden chores). Below are … [Read more...] about Preschool activities to start, grow and maintain an edible classroom garden
Setting up thematic curriculum lessons is a great way to not only stay focused, but also to incorporate plenty of interdisciplinary learning across common subjects. For example, nearly any theme you pick will involve crafts, which involve sensory activities, creative expression, story telling, reading, science experiments and so on. And of course, there are probably children’s songs on every … [Read more...] about 10 Activities and crafts to teach preschoolers about the ocean
Sometimes, accidents and emergencies happen, and an adult may not be immediately available. In these cases, it’s great for kids to know some basic first aid. They can start learning young - even in the preschool years. While they may not be qualified to be pseudo paramedics, or get their first-aid certificates, they can still do a lot of good with some elementary knowledge in this field. In … [Read more...] about Basic first aid and emergency response skills to teach in preschool
On our blog, we’ve spoken about emergent curriculum, experiential education, and other topics that are closely related to this one. When speaking of informal education in early childhood, we are talking about a specific, but untracked way of learning, which we all do, and which continues for life. What is informal education? It is not the same as non-formal education, such as structured … [Read more...] about 5 examples (types) of informal education in early childhood
Worried that you can’t understand your child and wondering, “does my child need a speech therapist?” We’ve discussed developmental milestones before. Parents can be easily concerned that their child is not ‘matching up’ to the norms of growth and development. In a way, this is a good thing, if it means earlier intervention, when there is a serious issue. But other times, it can be normal - some … [Read more...] about Does my child need a speech therapist? Here is what to know
Emotional intelligence is becoming a buzzword in the media, especially as it relates to job skills. However, this skill is important for more than just jobs; it affects all our human relationships. While the word “emotional” may, in some people, signal a sense of ‘weakness,’ we are learning that it is not that. We are not talking about unreasonable emotions when we talk about “emotional … [Read more...] about What is normal emotional intelligence in toddlers and preschoolers?